Neuroscientist Demonstrates “How to Control Someone Else’s Arm With Your Brain”

This is certainly no sorcery! You have to see it to believe it!

Neuroscientist Demonstrates "How to Control Someone Else’s Arm With Your Brain"Here’s one proof that we are all officially living in a science fiction novel. Greg Gage, is a man on a mission to make neuroscience more accessible to all students—at all educational levels. 

We still know very little about how the brain works and we need to start inspiring kids early to want to know more,” said Gage on a recent TED talk show in Vancouver.

Neuroscientist Demonstrates "How to Control Someone Else’s Arm With Your Brain"The neuroscientist and engineer Greg Gage, demonstrated a modified SpikerBox — a non-invasive device simple enough for high school and elementary kids to use to learn about the electrical impulses of the nervous system. The SpikerBox was the first of the many DIY products he has developed with BackyardBrains. Being the co-founder of the company, it aims to entertain and engage kids in learning about the brain’s capacities and hopefully to stimulate an interest in neuroscience. In his TED talk, Gage explains,

The brain is an amazing and complex organ, and while many people are fascinated by the brain, they can’t really tell you that much about the properties about how the brain works because we don’t teach neuroscience in schools.

The device requires two (willing) volunteers to be connected merely by electrodes and a computer system, which detects electrical signals of movement, creating a human-to-human interface. Losing free will, one volunteer has his arm jerked towards him by the connections sent from the other volunteer’s brain as she moves her arm.

Neuroscientist Demonstrates "How to Control Someone Else’s Arm With Your Brain"As the nerves are close to the skin, the entire process is non-invasive and as such, the device is perfectly safe for kids to use and only requires self-adhesive conductive sticky pads affixed to the arms to work.

Isn’t that amazing or completely terrifying? I really can’t tell because somehow, someday, some people might control us as their puppets. Pretty crazy, right? I have a feeling that before we know it, we’ll be in this territory.

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